Commission on Unity & Witness

Our mission is to connect congregations from across the region as they build ministries of compassion, justice, and reconciliation.  We want to hear what your church is passionate about and help you share your experience and expertise.  Over the coming year, we plan to knit together a supportive network of congregations to help us all teach, support, and learn from each other.

 

Position Open:

Reconciliation Ministry Coordinator

The Reconciliation Ministry Coordinator will assist the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Indiana with its mission to address systemic racism in the church and larger society through clergy training, youth and young adult education, congregational conversations, and group experiences.

Hours and location: This is a 40 hour per month position, centered in Indianapolis providing support to the Reconciliation ministries of the Region. Hours and location are flexible, with telecommuting available for a portion of work hours, and some travel.

Position Description

The Reconciliation Ministry Coordinator will be responsible for the following projects:

 Develop/identify reconciliation education modules for youth and young adults, and train counselors for regional programs

 Coordinate and help develop clergy anti-racism training programs

 Identify and organize reconciliation resources for congregations and visit Indiana churches

 Provide updates regarding General Reconciliation Ministry through social media outlets

 Through preaching and speaking opportunities across the Region share the vision and mission of Reconciliation Ministry

Requirements

-Bachelor’s degree

-Some experience in and deep passion for reconciliation and anti-racism work

-Self-starter, eager to do creative, from-the-ground-up program design

-Willingness to collaborate with multiple ministries, commissions, and congregations to develop team-generated programs and curricula

–Good technological acumen

Preferred

-MDiv or other seminary degree, or current seminary student

Desirable

–Spanish or Korean language ability

Please send a letter of interest with resume and references via email to Rick Spleth, Regional Minister, at rick@indianadisciples.org by September 1, 2021

 

 

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Shelters

Counseling and Other Services

Education and Response

Additional Resources

 

The Commission on Unity and Witness also provides educational and financial resources for congregations seeking to address social justice issues in their community.  Here are a few ways you can get involved:

Reconciliation Grants

The objective of the Reconciliation Ministries in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Indiana is to undergird reconciling ministries related to the systemic problems of race within our communities in Indiana, seeking to implement the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Your gifts to the Reconciliation Mission Offering each year make funds available that the Region can disburse in support of congregational efforts to dismantle and overcome systemic racism.

The Regional Commission on Reconciliation is responsible for disbursing Reconciliation Grant funds and reporting to the Regional Board. Some of the guidelines for Reconciliation Grants include:

  • Grants will usually be short term and ordinarily will not exceed $5,000;
  • Projects should show local initiatives and responsible participation by local Disciple congregations;
  • Projects should show a great likelihood of continuing beyond the life of the grant unless there is an obvious reason for a short-term project.

If your congregation is interested in applying for a Reconciliation Grant, please download the complete guidelines and application using the links below:

Anti-Racism & Pro-Reconciliation Training

Anti-Racism & Pro-Reconciliation (ARPR)  Training for Ordained and Commissioned Ministers to comply with Resolution 1601, requiring to all commissioned and ordained ministers who desire standing within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Indiana to participate in regionally sponsored ARPR trainings every five years, in addition to the Healthy Boundaries training requirement. The training format will be similar to Healthy Boundaries, and will be a safe space for all clergy to explore today’s pressing issues related to race and how we, as individuals and as the church can be the change in the movement towards wholeness.


Environmental Justice Resources

“Environmental justice is realized when all people can realize their highest potential, without interruption by environmental racism or inequity. It is supported by decent paying and secure jobs, quality schools and recreation, decent housing and adequate health care, democratic decision-making, and, personal empowerment. A community of environmental justice is one in which both cultural and biological diversity are respected, and where there is equal access to institutions and ample resources to grow and prosper.” Green Action (https://greenaction.org/what-is-environmental-justice)

As people of God, we have a responsibility to love our neighbor through education, understanding, and action. Learn more about environmental racism, intersectional environmentalism, food deserts and swamps, and our role as stewards in caring for our neighbor and our earth.

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE RESOURCES

FOOD SECURITY RESOURCES 

More categories coming soon


Green Chalice

“The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it.” Psalm 24: 1

The Green Chalice Mission: Disciples of Christ connecting Christian faith, spiritual practice and environmental consciousness in order to demonstrate the fullness of God’s shalom.

Learn more information HERE


 

Mexico Initiative 

Visit the Mexico Initiative page HERE

 

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